Antalya; map) is my favorite part of Antalya because
of its Roman ruins
and Ottoman mansions,
picturesque narrow winding streets,
harbor ringed with restaurants,
and quiet neighborhood lifestyle right
at the heart of a sprawling big city.
Living in Kaleiçi for
a few days is like stepping back a
century in time to the age of the Ottoman
Beach to the west
of the city, can be reached easily
by Nostaljik Tram, as can the Antalya
to the east, is reachable by tram and
taxi or minibus.
Most non-beach things
to see and do, including strolling
and shopping, cafe-sitting and nightclub
dancing, are in or near Kaleiçi.
is divided into several mahalles (neighborhood
districts). The name of the mahalle (mah-HAH-leh)
is given in every hotel address, so
paying attention to the mahalle can
help you to choose, locate and get
to your hotel.
is the western district bounded by
Republic Square (Cumhuriyet
Meydanı, with the dramatic statue)
and the Grooved Minaret (Yivli
the north and the Roman harbor (Yat
the west. It's the most convenient
location to the city center, bazaar
is the district northeast of Selçuk
Mahallesi and includes the landmark Kalekapısı and Tekeli
Mehmet Paşa Camii (mosque).
It's also convenient to everything
in the city center.
district to the southeast of Selçuk
Mahallesi and south of Tuzcular Mahallesi
holds many of the cheaper boutique
hotels and pensions. It's closer to Karaalioğlu
Park, and only a slightly
longer walk from Kalekapısı.
—by Tom Brosnahan